Instructions for Authors
Papers for consideration by the International Journal of American Linguistics should be submitted, whenever possible, in a pdf file, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The author's name and address should not be included in the pdf file, as papers will be reviewed anonymously. Submissions should include an abstract of 100-150 words, along with approximately five keywords. The abstract and keywords should appear in the pdf file. A table of contents for the paper should also be submitted in the pdf file. This table of contents need not include page numbers but should show, in outline format, the basic organization of the paper. In a separate e-mail message, please include the title of the paper submitted, name and address of the author, and a copy of the abstract and keywords. All submissions should be double-spaced throughout.
If you cannot submit electronically in pdf format, please contact the Editor (email@example.com) so that the choice of word processing program and fonts can be discussed before material is submitted.
Submission by mail
If you submit by mail, please send FOUR double-spaced (preferably single-sided) copies to the Editor:
Department of Linguistics
University of Toronto
130 St. George Street
CANADA M5S 3H1
An abstract of 100-150 words and approximately five keywords must be submitted with every manuscript. A table of contents for the manuscript should also be included. This table of contents need not include page numbers but should show, in outline format, the basic organization of the paper.
Format for Submission
Original submissions may be made in any format (but note the instructions below about presentation of data). Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, authors will be asked to prepare a version of their paper that conforms specifically to IJAL’s style sheet.
While there is no absolute limit on article length, any manuscript longer than 50 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font, 1.25 inch margins on all sides (including footnotes and references), is unlikely to be reviewed rapidly. Manuscripts longer than this should very rarely be submitted as such length is almost never justified. Please double-space all material, including notes and references. Please number pages.
Presentation of Data
Authors should ensure that, on submission, they have presented their data in a uniform and standard way, following general procedures in the field. Authors may want to consult this excellent resource:
Best Practices in Linguistic Fieldwork
In recent years, much attention has been paid to best practices in linguistics, especially with respect to issues of ethics and the recording and archiving of linguistic data. While ultimately IJAL relies on its reviewers to determine whether the research model used in a submitted paper is an appropriate one, the Editors believe that it is useful for potential authors to have information about what are currently considered to be best practices in the recording of data. Basically, the strong recommendation is that a non-compressed format should be used if at all possible. Authors will find much helpful information on this topic at:
Please note that IJAL is able to publish sound files in the electronic version of the Journal. Authors are encouraged to submit sound files with their papers if they have obtained the appropriate permissions for use of these files.
Submission of Reviews
Reviews should be submitted (in duplicate) to the Review Editor:
Willem de Reuse
Department of English
University of North Texas
P. O. Box 311277
Denton, TX 76203-1277
IJAL's style sheet contains detailed instructions on the format for reviews. Reviewers should follow those guidelines in preparing their reviews for publication.